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    The Horror, The Horror: Seven Rules for Success at the Box Office

    With Halloween upon us, TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro looks at what's working--and what isn't--among horror genre titles. He finds seven often counter-intuitive rules to follow for horror success.The Paranormal Activity franchise stands as a pillar of success for horror films over the last year, reviving the genre after a recent spate of bombs (i.e. Devil, Case 39, My Soul to Take, Let Me In). What makes a horror title live or die at the B.O.? Here's a primer for horror success: 1. Realism rules: “When you touch death or visceral things like the other world, it makes people feel more alive," says Scream exec producer Harvey Wein...

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    The Rumor Mill Churns: Chris Pine As 'The Flash'?

    Or Is His Name Just On A Big Wishlist?How fast do rumors travel these days for ravenous bloggers making mountains out of molehills? Lightning quick. What is tossed off as an aside in a ScreenRant gets picked up the world round and is already building the kind of traction that makes planets spin back...

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    BAMcinématek: Kurosawa’s Samurai, Part 1. (Oct. 29th—Nov. 5th).

    Certainly more creative retrospectives could be assembled from the 30 films Akira Kurosawa made as director, but we suppose even gripping noir like "High and Low" and "Drunken Angel" don't quite carry the iconic stamp this filmmaker’s “Samurai Films” do. And so for their latest program, Brooklyn's BAMcinematek offers up all eight of 'em, providing you an opportunity to see these classics of Japanese cinema on the big screen, perhaps for the first time. The retrospective runs from Oct. 29th to Nov. 21st, and we're taking a two-part look at the films that will be featured there (coincidentally enough, news about the existence of new Kurosawa-pe...

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    Gender Watch: Theron for Snow, Cholodenko Talks, Lisbeth Salander and Hollywood's Woman Problem

    -Charlize Theron could be in, and Angelina Jolie out for director Rupert Sanders' Snow White and The Huntsman, according to ThePlaylist. It was always a hopeful stretch to think that Jolie would sign up (get in line) but Theron's schedule has opened up thanks to the Mad Max postponement. That makes her an attractive candidate for evil queen Ravenna, who hires a bounty hunter (Inception Brit Tom Hardy, also starring in Mad Max) to chase down Snow White after her escape. Theron is currently shooting Jason Reitman's Young Adult with Patrick Wilson. While not as established as an action star as Jolie, Theron is one of the few actresses who can le...

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    New Screenplays By Akira Kurosawa Discovered In Japan

    Three Scripts Uncovered, One By Shinobu Hashimoto Who Co-Wrote 'Rashomon' & Collaborated On 8 Other Kurosawa ClassicsThe Grand Emperor of cinema, aka Akira Kurosawa, might have passed away at the age of 88 in 1998, but the visionary filmmaker apparently still has a few more projects in the works.

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    Oscar Talk: Love & Other Drugs, Lead and Supporting Actor Races, Favorite Horror Films

    Kris Tapley of In Contention and I talk about Love & Other Drugs; the supporting actor race (which might include Sean Penn's Fair Game performance); Jennifer Lawrence, who breezed into town promoting Winter's Bone, as did the 127 Hours gang; favorite horror films on the eve of Halloween; Jacki Weave...

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    So It's Not The Riddler: Ten Candidates For The Villain In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

    After months and months of speculation, some firm information on the third Batman finally appeared yesterday, courtesy of director Christopher Nolan. It'll be called "The Dark Knight Rises," and it won't be in 3D. Plus, a little while ago, we discovered that actor Tom Hardy will be joining the cast ...

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    Not Jewish. By Judd Apatow.

    Not Jewish. By Judd Apatow.

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